Making people, places, & history accessible to the blind & disabled.

Getty Images, the National Federation of the Blind, and Tactile Images have partnered to deliver more than 45 million images to the world's blind population at museums, science centers, libraries, and government programs that serve the disabled.

This initiative will significantly enhance educational opportunities and cultural inclusion for blind individuals worldwide.

Tactile Images is committed to providing tactile experiences for the blind. These transformative experiences allow visitors to develop an intimate connection with a wide range of visual and graphic material. Images designed for touch provide the opportunity to acquire visual information independently, without relying on recorded descriptions or the interpretation of a sighted companion.

Person at museum

Many can explore the depth and complexity of their favorite artworks and images, often for the first time.

Getty Images has been committed to participating in initiatives that provide greater accessibility to visual resources representing the world's people and cultures. This commitment includes people from all backgrounds, including those who are blind or disabled.

Getty Images helps people truly expereince the society within which they live, providing unique educational perspectives and increasing access to content that may have previously been inaccessible.

Their partnership with Tactile Images and the National Federation of the Blind reinforces their commitment to improving accessibility for and inclusion of people from all backgrounds.

  • National Federation of the Blind Logo

"When I experience a painting on my own, without someone explaining it to me, that represents Freedom, Independence, and Equality."

Lynn Jackson, became blind at age 60

Testimonials

Tactile Images is changing lives. Its innovative tactile printing process continues to have a profoundly positive impact on the blind communities by allowing them to experience visual content that was once inaccessible. For many, the convergence of sensory stimulation provided by Tactile Images is a deeply emotional and transformative experience.

Katelyn & Carole MacIntyre

AAM Conference [00:22]

Joseph Wapner

Museologist, Museum Accessibility Advocate [00:21]

Mark Riccobono

President of the National Federation of the Blind [01:00]

Kathryn Webster

Former President of the National Association of Blind Students [00:12]